This makes it a little riskier when you are meeting up with strangers, as you don't necessarily know much about them.
For this reason, I'd recommend using the meetup feature with caution.
To find people in your area, just use the search feature to find people who speak the language you are learning, and who want to learn a language that you speak. Generally, I'd stick to using just the live chat feature via the app, rather than arranging a meet-up if you'd prefer to be cautious.
Another thing you can do – which I think is a much safer – is use this app while travelling to connect with people in your destination.
There’s no need to go into the app settings to change your target language.
This is an issue I've had in other language tools when I’ve been learning or practising more than one language.
Hello Talk is a cool new language learning app that serves one purpose: it connects you directly with native speakers, and provides an interface to text and speak with them, all from your smartphone.
There are websites out there that let you search for people to talk with, but with these websites the actual conversation happens on Skype, Google plus, or by telephone. Hello Talk also offers translation options from within the app. This supports the developers to keep the rest of the app free, but I can give you a quick tip to get these tools at no cost….
In the past, I've recommended using social searches to find language partners who live near you.
Meeting with people who speak your target language from your local area is great when you want a break from online lessons. Its local specific search option helps you find a language partner who lives near you that you can invite out for coffee.
In many ways, the experience of using Hello Talk is like , but with a public database of “friends” for the sole purpose of language practice.